Sixth grade at Ascension Lutheran Elementary School is an additional year for development before moving into middle school. Our sixth graders are campus leaders and have grown to demonstrate both independence and responsibility. It is an exciting year with multiple teachers for various subjects culminating in our end-of-year Promotion Ceremony.
Highlights of the Grade-Year
- Outdoor education and off-campus learning is an exciting part of being in sixth grade. Field trips may include: Disneyland, Huntington Library and Gardens, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
- Students can hold the offices of president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer on Student Council
- We look forward to meeting our Chapel Buddies and helping to lead the weekly Chapel service
- After-school athletic teams are a highlight for many sixth grade students
- Our end-of-year Promotion Ceremony is a celebration of all the students have achieved
Key Learning Objectives
English Language Arts
Our sixth graders work towards becoming resilient readers who read for school as well as pleasure. ELA instruction incorporates classic and contemporary literature and non-fiction, informative works to teach techniques and strategies for more advanced reading comprehension and analysis. 6th-grade writing focuses on organizing ideas and reasoning into paragraphs that support the theme or purpose of the piece. Editing and proofreading and using and citing reference sources are emphasized.
Mathematics in sixth grade involves operations with whole numbers, integers, fractions and decimals; numerical expressions, algebraic expressions and equations, coordinate plane, graphing data; problem solving and algebraic thinking; continuing to develop and practice endurance and persistence; the use of technology such as calculators and laptops to help solve problems; and taking notes in math journals.
Sixth grade students dive into the history of ancient civilizations including Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and the Persian Empire. Students learn to take detailed notes on every unit and work on a variety of projects paired with each chapter throughout the year.
Our science curriculum uses hands-on investigations, vocab-rich activities, and interactive digital tools to inspire students to think, read, write, and argue in the science and engineering world. Sixth grade students work through an increased number of science units studying microbiomes, metabolism, the role of genes in traits and reproduction, energy, oceans and atmosphere, weather events, and changing climate.